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What Should a Healthy Tongue Look Like?

While it is not uncommon for your tongue to vary in color, any significant changes can be a sign that something may be wrong. Is your Ithaca tongue healthy?

Jun 12th, 2020
Are Cavities Contagious?

As with any other contagious ailment in Ithaca, the bacteria that cause cavities can spread from one person to another if you are not careful.

Apr 13th, 2020
Full Mouth Dental Restoration FAQ

Restoring comfort and functionality to your smile can be achieved through a wide range of full mouth dental restoration treatments in Ithaca.

Feb 13th, 2020
How to Avoid Common Causes of Jaw Pain

The last thing you want to deal with during a busy workday, a vacation, or really any activity is pain radiating from your jaw. But for all too many adults, TMJ pain is a relatively common occurrence.

Dec 11th, 2019
Is Gum Recession Permanent?

If you’ve been told at a recent dental appointment that your gum line is receding, don’t panic. With today’s technology, there are ways to rebuild your gum tissue and get your gum recession under control.

Dec 11th, 2019
Early Warning Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

Feeling something uncomfortable at the back of your mouth? Oral pain has such a wide variety of causes that we definitely can’t give you the answer in a blog post – you’ll need to see your dentist to get to the root of the problem.

Dec 11th, 2019
Is My Night Guard Still Effective With a Hole In It?

A night guard is an extremely common dental device that helps to protect the teeth from teeth grinding or Bruxism. Whether your teeth grinding is due to a specific circumstance such as stress, or it is a chronic condition, a night guard can prevent...

Dec 11th, 2019
Tooth Extraction FAQ

Terrified of the forceps? Learning more about your extraction will settle your nerves.

Dec 11th, 2019
Invisalign Secrets: How to Sail Through Treatment

If this is your first time trying orthodontic treatment, it may feel like an intimidating prospect. But Invisalign is different from traditional brackets and wires. This treatment puts patient needs first, doing everything possible to keep you comfortable

Dec 11th, 2019
Fix Chipped Teeth Without Waiting

Most of us have had the terrible feeling of passing tongue over tooth, and suddenly realizing that tooth was missing something. Whether dental work chipped or natural enamel gave way, the common reaction is to seek immediate treatment.

Dec 11th, 2019
When it’s Possible to Reverse Tooth Decay

If you’re frequently learning about small cavities at your dental exams, it’s time to make a few changes to your oral hygiene routine. Depending on the size of the cavity, you may even be able to send it running and reverse tooth decay through updated diet

Dec 11th, 2019
Surprisingly Dangerous Snacks for Your Teeth

How healthy are your regular snacks? More importantly – how healthy are your children’s? February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and we’re celebrating by promoting healthy eating awareness for kids everywhere.

Dec 11th, 2019
8 Origins of Tooth Pain That Don’t Involve a Cavity

From a cavity to infected gums, a tooth can have a lot of (sometimes surprising) causes. Whether your toothache feels dull and achy or sharp and throbbing, a toothache can make it hard to maintain your daily routine.

Dec 11th, 2019
How Much do Dental Implants Cost?

Cost is a big factor in any treatment – and especially significant with a complex procedure like dental implant placement. Planning ahead will help you avoid unpleasant surprises and pay for your implants at a comfortable pace.

Dec 11th, 2019
What Does a Porcelain Veneers Smile Makeover Look Like?

If you’re ready to find a transformation for your smile, you’ve probably been considering your options. While you won’t know what’s best for your unique teeth until you meet with a cosmetic dentist for a consultation, doing some research ahead of time...

Dec 11th, 2019
Health Conditions Linked to Your Mouth

Your mouth is not isolated from the rest of your body. While you know that the food and drinks you consume will travel elsewhere in your body, there are other oral components that can impact other components of your health.

Dec 11th, 2019
Scary Side Effects of Gum Disease

You’ve heard about what happens to your gums when plaque is allowed to build up. Your gums become tender and puffy, the gum tissue starts to pull away from the teeth, and the area becomes infected. With a deep cleaning, the problem can usually be resolved.

Dec 11th, 2019
How to Love Teeth Whitening

Trying to talk yourself into cosmetic dentistry? If you have a history of dental anxiety, it can be extremely difficult to take the first step. But whitening your teeth is worth it. With a brighter smile, you can feel more confident, make better...

Dec 11th, 2019
Traditional Dental Floss Vs. Water Flossers

Many of our patients wonder just how vital it is to make an additional investment into electronic cleaning devices. With the advent of new technologies comes higher price tags, and it may leave you wondering if they actually clean better than their...

Dec 11th, 2019
Real-Life Benefits of Whiter Teeth

You know that white teeth look great – but what are the underlying associations that make us find them so enviable? Unpacking some of our human instincts relating to appearance and perceived personality traits takes a lot of work.

Dec 11th, 2019
Why Your Dental Health is More Important Than You Think

We’re constantly begging you to brush, floss, and maintain a tooth-friendly diet. While some patients are happy to engage with their oral health, others find the frequent cleaning and low-sugar considerations frustrating.

Dec 11th, 2019
What to Expect From a Free Consultation

So your smile’s missing something. Whether you’re not unhappy with its appearance, function, or overall health, there’s a path forward. The first step? A free consultation with our team.

Dec 11th, 2019
Ithaca Tooth Extraction

Feeling anxious about an upcoming tooth extraction? We understand – getting a tooth pulled is inherently stressful. You’re not only losing a part of yourself, but also undergoing an invasive procedure. Those factors are bound to...

Dec 11th, 2019
Tooth Extraction 101: What to Expect

Shaking in your boots at the thought of an upcoming extraction? You’re not alone – most dental patients dread oral surgery. But those who approach it the right way will find the experience turns out to be a pleasant one. You’re not a slave to your dental a

Dec 4th, 2019
What Happens at a Dental Consultation?

Shaking in your boots at the thought of an upcoming extraction? You’re not alone – most dental patients dread oral surgery. But those who approach it the right way will find the experience turns out to be a pleasant one.

Dec 4th, 2019
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Are Causing Problems

Tooth pain can mean so many different things. How can you tell whether the soreness at the back of your mouth is due to something casual, or something serious like an impacted wisdom tooth?

Dec 4th, 2019
How to Manage Post-Filling Numbness

One of the worst parts about having dental work done for most patients is the dreaded numbness that lingers long after your appointment is over. Novocaine is a local anesthetic drug that many dentists use for minor procedures and works by blocking the nerv

Dec 4th, 2019
Transforming Your Smile With the Power of Porcelain Veneers

Going through life with teeth that make you feel self-conscious in social situations is no way to live your life. If your teeth are chipped, stained, or simply unattractive, porcelain dental veneers are the best way to reshape your teeth and give you...

Dec 11th, 2019
The Best Treatment for Receding Gums

Gums going into hiding? If you notice your gum line on a retreat, and more and more of your teeth being exposed, it’s time to take action. Leaving your tooth roots bare puts them at a heightened risk of decay, and advanced gum recession can put your teeth

Dec 4th, 2019